Dunkin' Donuts blood donation

Locals who donate blood or platelets will receive a voucher for a free medium hot or iced coffee and a classic doughnut.

Locals who donate blood or platelets will receive a voucher for a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free classic doughnut redeemable at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in LA.

About 12,000 vouchers will be provided this August.

The American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage.

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,200 blood and nearly 3,000 platelet donations each day to support patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals across the country.

The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break as hospitals continue to respond to traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

“We are thrilled to kick off our partnership with Dunkin’ and encourage individuals to give to help prevent a summer blood shortage,” said Jay Winkenbach, regional donor services executive, American Red Cross. “As you finalize your plans for the summer, make a blood or platelet donation appointment part of them and receive this special gift from Dunkin’.”

Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Visit website for restrictions. Donors can save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

“Dunkin’ is thrilled to team up with the American Red Cross this August,” said Jamie Struwe, Dunkin’ field marketing manager.

“We hope that by providing donors with a free medium hot or iced coffee and classic doughnut, Dunkin’ will encourage the Los Angeles community to stop by Red Cross blood drives and roll up their sleeve.”